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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Peter Postlethwaite
  • Directors: Lasse Hallström
  • Producers: Leslie Holleran
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XBOARG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,893 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) is a newspaper inksetter in Poughkeepsie, silently suffering in a marriage of inconvenience to a woman, Petal (Cate Blanchett) who doesn't love him and is keen to put their baby daughter up for adoption. Petal is killed in an accident however, and worse, Quoyle's parents both die fairly soon after in a dual-suicide. At the funeral he meets his aunt (Judi Dench) who persuades him the time is right to move back to his ancestral home, Newfoundland. With his disturbed daughter Bunny (Kaitlyn Gainer) in tow. Despite the isolated and traditional atmosphere of the small village Quoyle forms a relationship with local divorcee Wavey Prowse (Julianne Moore) with whose handicapped son Bunny forms a friendship. He soon lands a job reporting the shipping news for a local paper and starts to rediscover a meaning to life, the nascent relationship with Wavey offering hope and redemption.

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“The Shipping News” is the film of the book of the same name written by E. Annie Proulx and apparently it won the Pulitzer Prize. I’ve also read that the book is a lot more complex and involved that the film dares to be. I’ve not read the book so I can’t comment on any of the above but what I will say is that I enjoyed the film tremendously from the start to finish and found it a thoughtful and entertaining piece of cinema.
The story concerns one of life’s losers, Quoyle played by the terrific Kevin Spacey. Shy and underachieving Quoyle is working as an ink setter for the Poughkeepsie News in upstate New York when he and his life are picked up and well and truly shaken by the entry of the beautiful and dangerous Petal. They marry and have a child called Bunny but then it dawns on Quoyle that what he has really married is a top level tramp as Petal stays out drinking and tramping with a variety of other men. When Quoyle receives the news that his parents have died and Petal realises there is no inheritance to be had she skips town with her latest beau and Bunny leaving poor Quoyle stranded. Hours later Petal has “sold” Bunny to an illegal adoption agency and has wound up dead in a serious car accident.
Next on the scene is Quoyle’s aunt, Agnis Hamm, who decides that what is best for Quoyle is for him to leave two and set up home again in the old family home located in a remote Newfoundland fishing village. The location is wind swept and isolated but through new friends met in his new job, writing the fishing news for the local paper and the beautiful leader of the school, Wavey Prowse, Quoyle starts to rebuild his life again.
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This is not a film for those of you who like crash bang wallop Arnold Schwarzenneger movies. This is a movie for those of us that like to see characters lives being revealed as though you were pulling layers from an onion. On the whole, each character's murky past is both unexpected and credible. The weight of the past that each character carries is played extremely well and serves to drive your curiousity as to where each is going and what will happen next. Julianne Moore and Judi Dench are superb and Kevin Spacey plays his bewildered character very well. This was a film that I did not expect to find highly enjoyable - it is a rare treat in these days of perpetual 'formulaic' Hollywood conveyor belt movies....And look out for the scenery - truly amazing.
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By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2003
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This wonderful film is proof that great movies can still be made. It is not an action thriller or a summer blockbuster. It is a quietly moving story of a decent shy man who's only experience with love was heartbreakingly one-sided. Kevin Spacey plays Quoyle to understated perfection. His silence and simple words tell us volumes about the pain and turmoil going on inside him. Having married the only girl who ever really noticed him (Cate Blanchett in a fine performance) his only experience with love is associated with pain and ridicule.
When she leaves him and is killed in a car accident, he is left alone with his young daughter and a heart full of grief and anguish. That's when this movie really begins. He leaves what little he has behind and travels with his aunt Agnis to New Foundland where his family has a long (and not so sterling) history going back generations to a house pulled up a hill by rope by his ancestors. The dark and beautiful New Foundland coast stands against the harsh winds and is the perfect place for Quoyle to start his life over.
He gets a job writing for the local paper and slowly gains some measure of self respect. He notices beautiful Julianne Moore (in a wonderful performance) but can not articulate to her his slowly growing attraction to her and settles for the friendship she offers. As she begins to see the kind and decent man inside Quoyle he has trouble responding himself because of the damage done to his heart by his dead wife.
There is something magical about this film. There are colorful characters, mysteries unfolding about Quoyle's ancestors, the house his daughter hears speaking to her, and the larger mystery Quoyle must solve, can you love and be loved in return without pain?
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Most films are about loud or exciting people; this is not. This is a study of quiet people in an environment where a stoic disposition is really the only way to get through a tough life in a beautiful but chilling landscape. Not just physically chilling but emotionally as well. It is also a story of redemption as the sins of earlier generations are dealt with, the miss steps of an earlier life are overlaid with a genuinely fulfilling future.
The performances are just great and all the better for being limited to a few shades of grey; the tonal range comes from intensity.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes to think about what they watch and, perhaps, those with a slightly melancholic set.
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By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2004
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Quoyle (Kevin Spacey), a New York inksetter with little imagination and even less confidence, finds himself, amazingly, married to Petal (Cate Blanchett), a wild, hot-blooded woman, always looking for excitement, by whom he has a child, Bunny (played by Alyssa, Lauren, and Kaitlyn Gainer). After Petal dies in a car crash, Quoyle reconnects with his Aunt Agnis (Judi Dench), who has come to New York after the death of her brother, Quoyle's father. Both at a loss, they decide to return to the family home in Newfoundland. The old house, tied down by cables to keep it from blowing away in storms, is still standing, though it has been empty for forty-four years, and the family moves in.
Working not as an inksetter but as a reporter for a local newspaper, Quoyle reports car crashes and the shipping news. Though he has no sense of drama and no real writing ability, he finds that some of the stories he uncovers interest people, and he begins to develop emotionally. Through his contact with a vivid local community and the friendships that evolve, he uncovers some of his own family history, shows a confidence he's never had before, and begins to face his personal demons, as do daughter Bunny and Aunt Agnis. Helping him along the way is Wavey Prowse (Julianne Moore), whose own life is as filled with dark secrets as that of the Quoyle family.
Adapting Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the screen, scriptwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs remains true to the characters of the novel, but sacrifices their depth and subtlety, leaving them hollow and lacking true motivation.
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